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Video: David Ortiz throws out first pitch before final Yankees-Red Sox game of season

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Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz threw out the first pitch prior to Monday night’s game against the Yankees at Fenway Park, the two clubs’ final matchup of the season.

Ortiz was the victim of a shooting in the Dominican Republic back in June. He underwent three surgeries to heal from the initial injury as well as complications. The attorney general of the Dominican Republic called the shooting a case of mistaken identity.

After throwing out the first pitch, Ortiz addressed the crowd at Fenway Park as well as the Red Sox — and the Yankees.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.